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Comic Reviews: Event Leviathan and Silver Surfer: Black!

indexEvent Leviathan #1 (DC Comics)

With the Summer officially kicking off, it’s time for the old comic book standby: major line-wide events. While the DC events typically veer into the universe encompassing mega stories, Event Leviathan is a more grounded one, detailing the secret agent side of the DC universe, which isn’t a big surprise when you see the names on the credits for the issue: Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Read the rest of this entry

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Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy and Hardcore!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel Comics)

Despite becoming household names thanks to their mega-successful movies, The Guardians of the Galaxy still can’t quite make it as a comic series. The Brian Michael Bendis run petered out after a few years, and the relaunch with Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder served as more of a tie-in to the Infinity Wars event than it’s own series. So what’s Marvel to do? Create a new team of Guardians with the creatives behind the mega-hit Thanos run, Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw. Read the rest of this entry

The Punishing Spirit of Vengeance of the Cosmos

cosmic_ghost_rider_vol_1_5_campbell_variant_textlessIt’s always tough for the big two to introduce new characters and have them stick. However, Marvel’s had some pretty big success, starting with Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, and (unfortunately) Gwenpool. But for my money, the coolest new character they’ve introduced in some years is none other than the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Marvel Knights and The Green Lantern!

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copyOfFirstPage._SX360_QL80_TTD_Marvel Knights #1 (Marvel Comics)

Twenty years ago, Marvel launched the Marvel Knights imprint, and changed the publisher forever. Naturally with a big anniversary coming up, Marvel wants to capitalize on that nostalgia, and hiring Donny Cates and Travel Foreman to create the new Marvel Knights #1 is certainly a good way to celebrate. Focusing on an intriguing mystery that revolves around our favorite street-level heroes forgetting their true selves, this opening issue is really interesting, even if it doesn’t quite match up with what is happening in the other characters’ solo books. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Venom and Justice League: No Justice!

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The Marvel relaunch train is gearing up, and after last week’s Avengers #1, we’ve now got the Lethal Protector himself, Venom, getting a brand new shiny #1. But like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes before him, the appeal of the creative team helps offset any quibbles one would have over the renumbering. Rising star Donny Cates is at the writing table, and Marvel artist supreme Ryan Stegman is handling the art, which means that we’re in for a very different, and very cool, new take on Venom. Read the rest of this entry

To Infinity War and Beyond!

AvengersInfinityWar_TrailerHoly crap, did you see that Infinity War trailer?

Go ahead; I’ll wait for to see it. No, for real, take a look. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Doomsday Clock and Thanos!

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variant-cover-of-doomsday-clock-1-with-superman-and-doctor-manhattanDoomsday Clock #1 (of 12) (DC Comics)

MINOR SPOILERS

The hype around Doomsday Clock is certainly palpable. When the DC Universe unveiled the Rebirth initiative two years ago, it was all but assured that it would lead to the DC heroes meeting the characters from Watchmen, thanks to Doctor Manhattan screwing with time and causing the heroes to forget ten years of their lives and adventures. Today, it’s finally time to see just what Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have in store for the DC and Watchmen worlds with Doomsday Clock. But if you’re expecting to see Superman square off with Doctor Manhattan in this first issue, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Review: Babyteeth #2!

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book_BABYTEETH_02Babyteeth #2 (Aftershock Comics)

The opening issue of Babyteeh sure had a lot of potential. Despite the usual “girl gives birth to the Antichrist” trope, Donny Cates and Garry Brown’s series had an interesting narrative system and compelling lead character to help set up the story. But one thing that was missing was the fleshing out of the world around Sadie. While we got to meet her, her child, and her immediate family, there wasn’t enough of the larger story to really make an impact. Luckily for us, Cates and Brown address that in issue two, and bring in some truly fantastic world building to the Babyteeth story. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Babyteeh and Gwar: Orgasmageddon!

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Babyteeth-01-cvr-1-600x910Babyteeth #1 (Aftershock Comics)

Aftershock Comics has been making quite the name for themselves lately. While they don’t have the volume of titles like Image or Dark Horse, they’ve been acquiring the kind of talent that definitely makes you stop and take notice. Their latest series, Babyteeth, is no exception. Co-created by God Country and Redneck writer Donny Cates, Babyteeth is a surprisingly sweet take on the old “girl gives birth to the Antichrist” story that we’ve seen plenty of times before in horror movies. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Batman and Redneck!

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BM_21_flat_587e6db0d21955.76753223Batman #21 (DC Comics)

As the first installment of “The Button”, Batman #21 has a ton of hype surrounding it. Picking up the pieces from the massive reveals in DC Universe Rebirth over a year ago, “The Button” storyline finds Batman and the Flash teaming up to solve the mystery of the smiley face button that Batman discovered in his cave. As one of the first major crossover events between two titles (Flash #21 will be part two) DC has been marketing this event for months now, even going so far as to bring back their (in)famous Lenticular Covers to entice fans and collectors alike. With this amount of marketing and hype surrounding it, there’s no way the Tom King written and Jason Fabok drawn issue could possibly live up to it, right? Read the rest of this entry